New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
From Whales to Flatﬁsh and Scallops
The boats you see in the harbor today are mostly commercial fishing vessels - primarily draggers and scallopers; the whaling barks of the past have long since vanished. By the 1930s, just as whaling faded and the textile industry fled to the South, a new fishing industry came to New Bedford's port. With the advent of refrigerated trucks and a growing number of fish dealers, fishermen from this region, Maine, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, along with Norwegian and Portuguese immigrants, began to drag the Atlantic for scallops and flounder.
Men like Norwegian-born Rasmus Tonnessen helped establish the scallop fishery here, opening the New Bedford Ship Supply in 1935. Other fishing-related companies found a niche here too, like a fileting operation responding to a new trend: homeowners no longer wanting to buy and cook fish whole. With hard work and ingenuity, a modern fishing industry came of age.
On the draggers in particular they were Newfoundlanders and Nova Scotians.... The guys that were scalloping at that time were mostly from Maine, and shortly thereafter we had some Norwegian people come from Brooklyn, New York, bringing their boats here to try fishing.
Howard W. Nickerson, 1998
Erected by National Parks Service, Department of the
Location. 41° 38.132′ N, 70° 55.273′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on MacArthur Drive south of Elm Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in the downtown area, along the waterfront, very near the New Bedford Harbor, Waterfront Visitor Center building. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Whaling Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dartmouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Commonwealth of Toil (within shouting distance of this marker); From Whales to Bales (within shouting distance of this marker); Centre Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Double Bank (about 500 feet away); Colonel George Claghorn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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